By Oliver Hall
Motorists are aware of how important it is to check their car tyres tyres pressure, yet many are unaware that it is best to carry out the test when the tyres are cold, because it gives a more accurate reading.
However, this raises problems because driving to the garage to carry out the checks will inevitably heat up the tyres.
The solution is to invest in a tyres pressure gauge and inflator and do the checks and inflating at home.
Consumer watchdogs Which? researched the models available on the market earlier this year and recommended a Best Buy product for both of the essential pieces of home car maintenance kit. Here are the results:
Tyre pressure gauge – Which? recommend the Michelin Digital Gauge 12279 with an impressive overall score of 97%, concluding it was ‘the easiest to use that we tested. It is durable and has a digital display that is clear and easy to read. It has a wide pressure range from 5 to 99psi, gives accurate readings and was untroubled by our drop test.’ Price £25.
Tyre inflator – Which? awarded top marks of 80% to the Ring RAC 750, reporting the mains-powered inflator is: ‘is easily the fastest electric device we tested for checking tyres. It was accurate within one psi in our tests. It isn’t one to keep in your car as it won’t run off the vehicle’s 12V power supply. But it’s good for regular checks in your own garage or drive.’
Which? also added: ‘It was the fastest electric inflator that we tested by some distance, albeit needing mains power. It inflated our tyre to 25psi in one minute 15 seconds.’